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(Associated Press) Trevor Plouffe, left, of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated by Michael Cuddyer and other teammates at the dugout after his two-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen in the fifth inning Thursday in Minneapolis.

Twins start 2nd half with a bang


By Jon Krawczynski, AP Baseball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe hit a big two-run homer and Delmon Young had three hits in his return to the lineup to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Francisco Liriano (6-7) gave up three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits with four strikeouts in seven innings and Joe Mauer had two hits and two RBIs for the Twins.

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